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Foreign Policy: The List: The Next Iceland
FP looks at five countries on the verge of following Iceland to economic ruin and political meltdown. (Great Britian, Latvia, Greece, Ukraine, Nicaragua)
bailout  economics  foreignpol  finance 
january 2009 by kkennedy
Gates Gives Rationale for Expanded Deterrence
FTA: "Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday that the United States would hold “fully accountable” any country or group that helped terrorists to acquire or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. The statement was the Bush administration’s most expansive yet in trying to articulate a vision of deterrence for the post-Sept. 11 world. It went beyond the cold war notion that a president could respond with overwhelming force against a country that directly attacked the United States or its allies with unconventional weapons."
gwot  foreignpol  security  bush  robertgates 
october 2008 by kkennedy
On the Seventh Anniversary of September 11: Time to Declare the original al-Qaeda Defeated
Well worth reading. In initial overview, I'd have to say I pretty much agree 100%. There may be some nits to pick in the minutiae, but his thesis is one that it should get far more traction than it does.
politics  worldchanging  gwot  foreignpol  future 
september 2008 by kkennedy
Fareed Zakaria: The Post-American World - FORA.tv
Simply an outstanding overview of the challenges facing the US, and the missteps we risk with our current foreign policy. Realistic and sobering...my "we reap what we sow" tagline is practically the subtitle here. Well, well worth listening to...both vide
foreignpol  globalism  future  economics  international 
july 2008 by kkennedy
Waving Goodbye to Hegemony
United States - International Diplomacy - Economic Trends - World Economy - Politics - New York Times
politics  future  foreignpol 
january 2008 by kkennedy
Bush criticizes Democrats over Iraq war funds | Reuters
Micromanaging, or macromanaging? Isn't this basically what people told them to do, if they disagreed? "Congress holds the purse strings." Followup on that.
economics  politics  foreignpol  followup 
november 2007 by kkennedy
Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Gougings and killings
While US-supported political forces in Iraq make a new compact, bodies are still appearing everywhere in Baghdad, reports Nermeen Al-Mufti
iraqwar  foreignpol 
november 2007 by kkennedy
Accept the Blackwater mercenaries
Will this come back to haunt us? Among other things, he makes a point about needing about 200,000 more troops if we didn't have contractors. Maybe that point needs to be made more clearly...we've hidden even more of the cost of the war in this way. It is
foreignpol  future  followup  security  iraqwar 
october 2007 by kkennedy
Shifting Targets: The Administration’s plan for Iran.
Annals of National Security: Shifting Targets: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
by Seymour M. Hersh
bush  foreignpol  iranwar  thenewyorker  seymourhersh 
october 2007 by kkennedy
Iraq Airwaves: Traffic Jam
Unintended consequences (see first comment)
funny  foreignpol 
september 2007 by kkennedy
The Great Leap Backward?
Foreign Affairs - Elizabeth C. Economy
foreignpol  economics  future 
august 2007 by kkennedy
Stubbornness is not a strategy
Reason Magazine - Giuliani's Escape from the Real World
foreignpol  followup 
august 2007 by kkennedy
Republican hopefuls wade into terrorist strike debate
Reuters: "What if a radical Islamic government were to take place because we triggered it with an attack?" he [McCain] said. || Can you say "irony"?
politics  foreignpol 
august 2007 by kkennedy
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